At Columbus Day parade, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces plan for saint's monument that New York's mayor turned down.
The mayor of New York City and the governor of New York State have had a reputation for strong disagreements over public policy.
Now the two, both Italian-Americans who have family ties to Catholicism, are taking sharply differing positions over a statue of an Italian-American saint, Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini.
Mayor Bill de Blasio decided not to honor Mother Cabrini with a statue in New York City, despite the fact that the 19th-century Italian immigrant and advocate for immigrants received the most nominations in the “She Built NYC” competition, which aims to build more statues honoring women.
Catholics in New York have been vocally upset over the snubbing of a saint who worked hard in New York and Chicago. Her relics are venerated in a shrine in upper Manhattan.
At Monday’s Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would get behind an effort to give Mother Cabrini a statue, if the city wouldn’t.